Vehicle Transformation through New Fuels: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to the Clean Fuels Development Coalition

April 4, 2018 |

It may be renaissance times for the Clean Fuels Development Coalition. Their long quest to upend proposed Obama-era vehicle efficiency rules that ignored the potential to improve efficiency and emissions via clear high performance fuels has recorded a small victory.

In Washington, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt determined that the greenhouse gas emission standards for model year 2022-2025 light-duty vehicles “are based on outdated information, and that more recent information suggests that the current standards may be too stringent.”  The Administrator is withdrawing the previous Final Determination issued by the agency on January 12, 2017.

Writing in the Digest, Durante said, “The recent announcement that the Trump Administration was taking another look at Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards was a welcome reality check for what is a complex and multi-layered issue. There was an immediate knee jerk reaction that this will send us back to the days of muscle cars and wanton pollution when in truth it may be one of the most positive environmental actions anyone in the ethanol space could have hoped for.

“We have argued to anyone who would listen that vehicles and fuels must be looked at as an integrated system and questioned why EPA would not use all the tools at their disposal, including fuels, and more to the point, high octane fuels. The auto industry, the Department of Energy, and countless others have made it abundantly clear that significant gains in efficiency are there to be had with higher octane fuels in conventional engines.”

Doug Duanta gave this illuminating overview of the progress on clean fuels and vehicles at ABLC 2018 in Washington DC.

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